I received an enormous amount of advice on this forum at the end of last year. See http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/spid...ng-engine.html
I somewhat surprised myself and took the advice to be patient, a charateristic with which i am not blessed!
Awhile ago, the person who services my present Alfas (159s) advised that he knew of one belonging to another client of his which was in a good condition and that was hardly ever used. To cut a long story short, I made contact with this other person and today took ownership of the car. I have not stopped smiling since! Unfortunately, the car is not here with me. Because it has not been used much, I have taken it to have all its fluids etc checked. Cannot wait to get it back. Had a lovely drive in it today though.
I know that threads are useless without photos so here are a few. Not the best from scenery point of view (at the garage where it is being serviced) but then since when did a boat tail need scenery!
I know the car is not perfect but the body is in very good condition and mechanically it is great. All the electrics work, even the courtesy light in the mirror. Faults that I am aware of include the absence of an ashtray, carpets instead of rubber mats, no light in the engine compartment, etc. None of these look like insurmountable issues.
I am trying to find out some more history on the car. According to Alfa's records, the car was originally sky blue and was supplied to the UK in the first half of 1969. I have been able to find out that the car was painted its present avorio (ivory) colour in about 1989/90 from a hand written note in the file given to me with the car today.
The file shows that the car had registration number AAF 750 J in the UK and was owned in the early 1980s by a Mr. Barbagallo. Later it was owned by Giancarlo Cossu and then by Gareth and Lesley Robinson. The latter two owners entered the car in The UK's Alfa club's concours competitions for a number of years.
It appears that the car was imported into Australia by the then-UK owner in 2002.
Incidentally, in the last photo, the Lancia in front of my car (it sounds unbelievable to say that) also belonged to the person I bought the Spider from and is now owned by the person who services my cars. It is in magnificent condition.
I am looking forward to many happy years of Spider ownership!